Homicide

Couple charged in death of boy, 3, hung by feet, struck with frying pan, whipped and punched

  • This photo combo of undated images provided by the Chester County District Attorney's Office, in Pennsylvania, shows Gary Lee Fellenbaum, left, and Jillian Tait, who were charged Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, with murder in the death of Tait's 3-year-old son, Scott McMillan. (AP Photo/Chester County District Attorney's Office)

    This photo combo of undated images provided by the Chester County District Attorney's Office, in Pennsylvania, shows Gary Lee Fellenbaum, left, and Jillian Tait, who were charged Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, with murder in the death of Tait's 3-year-old son, Scott McMillan. (AP Photo/Chester County District Attorney's Office)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo provided by the Chester County District Attorney's Office, in Pennsylvania, shows Gary Lee Fellenbaum. Fellenbaum and Jillian Tait were charged Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, with murder in the death of Tait's 3-year-old son, Scott McMillan. (AP Photo/Chester County District Attorney's Office)

    This undated photo provided by the Chester County District Attorney's Office, in Pennsylvania, shows Gary Lee Fellenbaum. Fellenbaum and Jillian Tait were charged Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, with murder in the death of Tait's 3-year-old son, Scott McMillan. (AP Photo/Chester County District Attorney's Office)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo provided by the Chester County District Attorney's Office, in Pennsylvania, shows Jillian Tait. Tait and Gary Lee Fellenbaum were charged Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, with murder in the death of Tait's 3-year-old son, Scott McMillan. (AP Photo/Chester County District Attorney's Office)

    This undated photo provided by the Chester County District Attorney's Office, in Pennsylvania, shows Jillian Tait. Tait and Gary Lee Fellenbaum were charged Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, with murder in the death of Tait's 3-year-old son, Scott McMillan. (AP Photo/Chester County District Attorney's Office)  (The Associated Press)

A suburban Philadelphia prosecutor says a woman and her boyfriend tortured her 3-year-old son for weeks, hanging him by his feet, whipping him, striking him with a frying pan and eventually beating him to death.

Jillian Tait and Gary Lee Fellenbaum were arraigned in Chester County Court on Thursday on murder and other charges in the death Sunday of Scott McMillian. They are jailed without bail pending a Nov. 14 preliminary hearing.

Prosecutors say the West Caln Township couple regularly beat the boy and his 6-year-old brother after they moved in together last month. They say the younger boy had bruises, cuts and puncture wounds over much of his body.

Fellenbaum's ex-wife, who lived with the couple, is charged with endangering the welfare of children.

Court documents did not indicate if they had lawyers.